By The Numbers: High School Rankings
Below is a list of the number of ranked wrestlers by their states (please note: rankings are listed by the location of the wrestler's high school, not their hometown).
|State||# Of Ranked Wrestlers|
Ohio comes out on top, squeaking by Pennsylvania with one more ranked wrestler. New Jersey, Illinois, and California round out the top five and are the only states with more than 20 ranked wrestlers.
But just counting up the number of ranked wresters doesn't tell the whole story. For a more complete picture, we can weight the rankings on a scale based on NCAA placement points (20, 16, 13.5, 12.5, 10, 9, 6.5, 5.5, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 0.5, 0.5, 0.5, 0.5) for those ranked No. 1 through No. 20.
Below is that chart.
By this metric, Pennsylvania comes out ahead, on the strength of its three wrestlers in the pound-for-pound top 14, the most of any state. Minnesota cracks the top five, leap-frogging California, thanks to studs such as No. 1-ranked Gable Steveson.
Finally, to get an idea of which states are strongest at what weights, we can throw our NCAA points on a matrix according to state and weight class, which can be found below.
Ohio stands out yet again, this time by being the only state with a ranked wrestler at each weight class. Florida wins the prize for the least-balanced distribution of talent, thanks to having multiple ranked wrestlers in two adjacent weight classes.
Those are the numbers for now. that is, until the next reshuffling of rankings!